Lisa Marie Bowens

lisa marie bowens

Lisa Marie Bowens, PhD ’14, associate professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, earned a Bachelor of Science (cum laude), Master of Science in Business Education and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Master of Theological Studies and Master of Theology from Duke Divinity School. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary and her book An Apostle in Battle: Paul and Spiritual Warfare in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 is a revision of her dissertation. Her book African American Readings of Paul: Reception, Resistance, and Transformation (Eerdmans) is the first book devoted solely to investigating a historical trajectory of how African Americans have understood Paul and utilized his work to resist and protest injustice and racism in their own writings from the 1700s to the mid-twentieth century. Her current projects include working as a contributor and co-editor with Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica on Preaching Romans From Here (forthcoming), as co-writer with Amy Peeler on an article on New Testament, race, and gender for The New Testament in Color (forthcoming) and two commentaries, one on 2 Corinthians and one on 1-2 Thessalonians.

Her research interests include Paul and apocalyptic literature, Pauline anthropology, Pauline epistemology, aspects of discipleship in the gospels, African American Pauline Hermeneutics, and New Testament exegesis and interpretation. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society of Pentecostal Studies, and a past Fund for Theological Education fellow. She is also editor of the Oxford Online Bible and Race Project, a member of the editorial team for the Bulletin for Biblical Research Journal, co-chair of the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Group (SBL), and a member of the Steering Committee for the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Group (SBL). She is a recipient of the Wabash Early Career Teaching Fellowship and the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Scholars of Color. Some of her current courses are Paul and Apocalyptic Thought, Introduction to New Testament Greek, Greek Exegesis of 2 Corinthians, African American Pauline Hermeneutics, and Introduction to New Testament Exegesis.

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